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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI dies at 95

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger, died at the age of 95 on Saturday morning, according to a statement from the Vatican. Benedict served as Pope from 2005 through 2013.

Benedict's papacy followed the hugely significant reign of John Paul II, who was perhaps the most historically significant pope of the recent era. Benedict was widely seen as a conservative theologian who followed in many of John Paul II's footsteps. The eight years that Benedict served as pope were tumultuous ones for the Catholic Church, which was rocked by the priest sex abuse scandals. In fact, Benedict was likely elected as pope in part because of his perceived ability to navigate the church through the difficult period.

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